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Opening Day 2021

October 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate the start of the sailing season by turning the Hillarys Yacht Club GREEN & GOLD in support of our Australian Sailing Team on 9 October 2021!

We welcome all of our Members and non-Members as part of Discover Hillarys Yacht Club Month to join the festivities planned for the day.

  • Green & Gold/Olympic themed Sail Past Event with prizes for the best-dressed boat.
  • Live music by Duke Vox
  • Kids’ entertainment
  • Water sports demos

And, of course, the annual Commodore’s Cup Race!

We encourage everyone to take part in the fun and dress up in Green and Gold!

Admission to this event is free, with food & drink available for purchase.

The event schedule is as follows:

09:45 am Commodore’s Cup Race – Dinghy Division (Lasers & Optimists)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Department of Transport
30 Second Challenge
Make a Difference lifejacket program
11:45 am Commodore’s Cup Race Briefings (Keel & CIC)
11:15 am Discover Sailing Centre Award Celebration (for 11:30 am start)
12:00 pm – 12:25 pm Welcoming VIPs, Members and Guests
VIP drinks & nibbles in Reflections
12:30 pm approx Official Opening Ceremony – VIP Jetty
1:10 pm Sail Past & Salute commences
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm VIP drinks & nibbles in Reflections
2:15 pm Keel Racing Division 1 Commodore’s Cup Race
2:20 pm Keel Racing Division 2 Commodore’s Cup Race
2:25 pm Keel Racing Division 3 & Cruising in Company Commodore’s Cup Race
5.30 pm approx Presentations – Marina Bar
6:00 pm till closing The celebration continues! (Kitchen closed at 8:30 pm)


Noon – close Mobydisc Jukebox
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Barnyard Buddies
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Face painting
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Live band: Duke Vox

The Department of Transport (DoT) wants those heading out on the water to be prepared and advocates skippers and passengers take the 30 Second Challenge, which tests readiness for emergency response on board a vessel.

This initiative, which tests if people can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and put on a lifejacket in 30 seconds, responds to boating incidents data which showed that better maintenance of safety gear and improved accessibility could have limited the number of boating tragedies.

Marine Safety Education Officers deliver the 30 Second Challenge, and there is an incentive for boaters to take part. The boater who can complete the challenge the fastest will be given a marine safety pack. The pack will include:

  • Marine Safety bailer.
  • Offshore flare kit.
  • Inflatable Level 150 automatic lifejacket.

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October 9, 2021
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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